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Dolly Parton Imagination Library (Under Construction)
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) is a 60 volume set of books sent to children, in their homes, one book per month from birth to age 5, to keep, for free! The DPIL initiative is funded by the Richmond Memorial Library for residents of the Batavia City School District, and by independent local funders coordinated by the Richter Family Foundation in other parts of Genesee County. Click here to register a child or to see if DPIL is available in your area; or contact the Richter Family Foundation [at] to support the initiative in other parts of Genesee County.
The GIFT Program (Under Construction)
The Library G.I.F.T. Program (Generate Imagination in Families Today) is dedicated to making new or gently used books available to children and their families in our area, and to raising awareness of the lifelong benefits of early childhood literacy. Bright boxes and shelves of GIFT books are located at agencies and businesses in Batavia [consider adding a bulleted list of every location]. Children can take a book from the shelf to bring home, read, and keep!
Want to donate or volunteer?
Donate new or gently used children’s books in drop boxes at these schools: Jackson, John Kennedy, St. Joseph Elementary and St. Paul Lutheran School or at the Richmond Memorial Library.
Want to volunteer?
Contact the Youth Services team at 585-343-9550 x 4 or email ______.
Giving Reading Opportunities
The GRO Program (Giving Reading Opportunities) is dedicated to raising awareness in our area of the benefits of early literacy and making books available to children and their families. Through our Adopted Books Center program we hope to create and sustain a community of active readers.
Adopted Book Centers
Adopted Book Centers are the little green bookshelves located in area Laundromats, doctor's offices, and the offices of agencies and organizations throughout Batavia. Preschool children are encouraged to select a book from the Center to adopt and take home every time they visit. Parents are urged to read aloud to their children from these and other books on a daily basis.
The program allows children who might not have ready access to age-appropriate books the opportunity to develop their own home libraries and establish the love of reading from an early age. It reinforces to parents the important role they play in the development of their child’s academic success before they reach school age.
If you would like to get involved in supporting preschool literacy, there are several ways that you can help:
Donate Books If you have gently used preschool books to recycle for other children’s benefit, there are brightly colored book drop boxes at Jackson, John Kennedy, St. Joseph Elementary and St. Paul Lutheran School, as well as, at the Richmond Memorial Library. Just leave your donated books at any of these locations, and our volunteers will collect, sort, and distribute them.
Volunteer Your Time If your group or organization is interested in a more “hands on” project, you could adopt several book centers to service. We need volunteers willing to devote a few hours a week to sort and distribute books on a regular basis to our Adopted Book Center Sites. To find out about our volunteer program and training, contact the children's librarian.
Working together we can create and sustain a community of active readers. Join us in this important work and help our children GRO.
Adopted Book Center Locations
- All Babies Cherished
- Batavia Agri-Business Child Development
- Batavia Pediatrics
- Birchwood Village
- Catholic Charities
- Community Action of Orleans & Genesee
- Family Court Children's Center
- Genesee County Dept. of Social Services
- Golden Coin Laundromat
- Head Start
- Planned Parenthood
- Tenney Laundry
- UMMC Jerome Center
- WIC Program
Summer Reading Program 2019
The slogan for Summer Reading in 2019 will be: A Universe of Stories and the theme is Space! We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing. Details coming soon.